Strictly: Zara McDermott is eliminated from the show
Zara McDermott has shared that she’s had a “s**t week” since she was voted off Strictly Come Dancing last weekend.
The Love Island star, who was partnered with Graziano Di Prima, was eliminated from the BBC dance competition after landing in the dance off for a third time.
Speaking about being axed on the podcast Staying Relevant with Pete Wicks, she admitted: “This week has been a bit of a s**t week because I got evicted from Strictly.
“I’m not going to cry […] It was Halloween week and it was a big milestone in the Strictly series.
“I was being painted as a skeleton at a spa, which was a strange concept.”
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The former Made in Chelsea star became the fifth celebrity to be axed, despite never having danced before.
She wrote an emotional tribute on Instagram saying: “I knew this day would come and I tried to prepare myself as best I could for it, but the reality is I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet.
“I first dreamt of dancing on Strictly when I was 7 years old, dancing round the living room wearing my little dress and wishing I could be one of the “princesses” that I saw on screen. […]
“I am forever grateful to every single one of you who made my Strictly experience one that I will think about with a HUGE smile on my face every day for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile, West End actor Layton Williams has been criticised by Strictly over his history of dance experience.
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The 29-year-old star is best known for playing Stephen Carmichael in the hit BBC series Bad Education, but first shot to fame when he appeared in the West End theatre production of Billy Elliot.
Layton has continued to impress the judges week after week, recently performing a jive which had judges Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse on their feet.
His routine bagged him and his professional partner Nikita a score of 36 out of a possible 40 points.
Shirley gushed: “I thought it was absolutely outstanding.”
Meanwhile, Craig said that Layton had a few things to improve, but noted that parts of the jive were “incredible” too.
In September, EastEnders actress Michelle Collins claimed that it is “not fair” to have Layton on the show.
You can listen to Zara’s full interview on the podcast here.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One.
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